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Luigi pips Kawenja to clinch the 2020 Slum Soccer tournament crown

3rd Inter slums football tournament Final

Luigi 2-2 Team Kawenja Penalties (5-4)

Juniors’ final (U15)

Tigers 1-0 Wolves

The thrilling and endless support by UEFA towards football development right from the grassroots and slum areas all over the world is a great contribution towards talent identification.

For the third year running, UEFA has forstered the growth of the football in the slums of Kampala, Uganda through the Aliguma Foundation that has seen the success of the annual Slums soccer tournament.

The third edition of the annual slums football tournament in Kampala at the Acholi quarters in Banda climaxed on Saturday, 18th January 2020.

At the very start in December 2019, the tournament organizing team received a timely boost when the UEFA Foundation supported the teams with goal nets, jerseys, soccer boots and other items.

The climax of the third edition saw Luigi clinch championship of the tournament and gained supremacy of who rules the slums in Acholi after a 5-4 penalty shooting victory against Kawenja in a highly attended encounter.

Luigi in wild celebrations

Orary Thomas scored twice for Luigi in the first half of the game but Kawenja ressurected from the dead in the second half with Meddy Sente’s brace to force the game into decisive penalty kicks.

In the spot kicks, Luigi was the dominant side and bossed with a 5-4 slim win to send the huge crowd into wild celebrations.

Runners up Team Kawenja

The United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) Ambassador in Uganda H.E Joel Boutroue presided over the event as the Guest of honor.

His Excellency Boutroue, the Italian Ambassador, the Nakawa Mayor and RDC, KCCA FC Vice chairman Aggrey Ashaba, Aliguma Foundation founder Ritah Aliguma among other dignitaries are some of the VIP guests who graced the prestigious final.

Speaking to the media after the climax, H.E Joel Boutroue was left satisfied with the organization of the event and pledged to accord more support to the foundation and inspire the youths.

H.E Joel Boutroue

“I think the Aliguma Foundation has been inspiring. We have seen some solidarity and we think we can do more with the foundation to discover more talent from the slum settlements. It’s really inspiring and we hope to see more come next year.

Champions Luigi went away with a trophy, gold medals, a set of Jersey and a goat while runners up Kawenja won silver medals, a full set of Jersey plus a goat.

KCCA FC Vice chairman Mr Aggrey also pledged to provide goal nets to the foundation to enhance the development of the game of football in the slums of Acholi quarters.

Rita Aliguma, the founder of the Aliguma Foundation also sounded positive about the turn up of the slum settlers and thanked all the participating teams that turned up for this event.

Ritah Aliguma

“I’m so excited for the successful climax of the tournament. This has been the third edition and has been more interesting than the previous two editions. We have got 30 scholarships from this edition that will go to the most outstanding players and as a foundation, we are really excited.

Said Aliguma.

Earlier in the afternoon, Tigers edged Wolves 1-0 in the U15 Juniors’ final to boss away with victory winning a full set of Jersey courtesy of sponsorship from UEFA.

Since the launch of the first edition, a number of slum children have been exposed since their potentiality has been unearthed.

H.E Joel Boutroue during team inspection

This is evident since several education scholarships have been given to about 20 talented boys and girls courtesy of Abato Schools and Shepherd House Junior School.

Awards

Champions

Luigi (A trophy, set of Jersey, Gold medals and a goat)

Runners up

Kawenja (Silver Medals, Set of Jersey, Goat)

Junior Champions

Tigers ( Full set of Jersey)

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